Ohio gets $4M to help youth with mental illness

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is getting $4 million in federal money to bolster services for young adults with severe mental illness.

Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the grant is part of the state’s effort to make it easier for young residents to transition between the child and adult mental health systems.

Department Director Tracy Plouck says young people often get caught between the two mental health systems, which have different policies and eligibility criteria.

The project will serve 2,000 young people from 88 counties over the next four years. The initiative will focus on treatment, education, employment and other areas.

The agency says less than half of Ohio’s young adults who need counseling after age 18 receive it. By age 21, roughly a third receive the service.

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